City Council demands scooter rental companies remove their vehicles from Playa Blanca

Published on May 07, 2024
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Last Thursday, the Yaiza City Council sent a request to companies dedicated to renting electric scooters in Playa Blanca so that they voluntarily, and within ten days, proceed to remove the personal mobility vehicles (VMP) they have operational in the southern tourist town for lacking the necessary authorization to carry out said activity.

In case of non-compliance, the Administration may adopt appropriate measures, including the removal of the vehicles from public roads by the City Council itself.

Yaiza has already submitted the Sustainable Mobility Ordinance to public consultation with the purpose of regulating the use and circulation of scooters, bikes and all personal mobility vehicles, and defining a specific title, with a sanctioning regime, for the lucrative exploitation of VMPs. Once the public consultation period has ended, the municipal government plans to take the initial approval of the regulatory text to the next plenary session.

"We have citizen complaints about the invasion of scooters into public spaces and circulation on sidewalks and pedestrian paths such as Limones Street or the promenade, so until the ordinance comes into force we intend to guarantee the safety of pedestrians, also requesting the collaboration of private users who cannot circulate on pedestrian streets either. The scooter is an alternative for mobility, but we cannot ignore the fact that it is a vehicle and like any other, it is obliged to respect the road signs,” emphasizes Mayor Óscar Noda.

In this same sense, the Councilor for Urban Planning of Yaiza, Karina Centeno, recalls that “the proposed ordinance considers circulation with skates, skateboards and VMP on sidewalks and areas intended for pedestrian use as a serious infraction. This fact disrupts road safety and the flow of traffic on the roads, while at the same time, it is an aggravation for pedestrians, especially those who have some type of functional diversity.”

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